Was Maya Pyramid Designed to Chirp Like a Bird?

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In this National Geographic News article, read about the strange acoustics of a Mayan pyramid. Clap your hands in front of the 1,100-year-old Temple of Kukulcan, in the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, and, to some researchers' ears, the pyramid answers in the voice of the sacred quetzal bird. Now scientists are examining whether the architects intended just such an acoustical mimicry. Links to related stories and Web sites are also found on this page.

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